Legends of the Road: The 10 Most Impactful Cars from the 1990s

Published Saturday, November 18, 2023     By CarsOMG Staff

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The 1990s was a decade of innovation, cultural shifts, and defining moments in the automotive world. As the world ushered in a new millennium, car manufacturers were pushing boundaries, introducing models that would become iconic and remain beloved by enthusiasts to this day. This article takes you on a nostalgic drive down memory lane, revisiting the cars that not only defined the ’90s but also left an indelible mark on the automotive landscape.


1. Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Mazda MX-5 Miata, introduced in 1989, truly came into its own in the ’90s. It revived the spirit of classic British roadsters but with Japanese reliability. Its lightweight design and impeccable balance made it a favorite among car enthusiasts and casual drivers alike, proving that you didn’t need immense power to have fun behind the wheel.


2. Toyota Supra

The fourth-generation Toyota Supra became a legend in its own right. With its sleek design and the formidable 2JZ engine, it quickly became a favorite in the tuner community. Its performance capabilities and potential for modifications made it a staple in street racing and later, in pop culture, thanks to movies like “The Fast and the Furious.”


3. Honda Civic Type R

The ’90s saw the birth of the Honda Civic Type R, a high-performance version of the popular Civic model. It was more than just a Civic with a sporty badge; it was a track-focused machine. With its VTEC engine and a chassis tuned for performance, it set the standard for front-wheel-drive performance cars and garnered a cult following.


4. BMW E39 M5

The BMW E39 M5, launched in 1998, was a game-changer. It combined the practicality of a family sedan with the heart of a sports car. Powered by a V8 engine and boasting a luxurious interior, it redefined what a sports sedan could be, blending performance with everyday usability.


5. Subaru Impreza WRX

The Subaru Impreza WRX made waves in the ’90s, especially in rally racing circuits. Its distinctive blue paint, gold wheels, and the performance to back up its looks made it iconic. The combination of all-wheel drive and a turbocharged boxer engine made it a force to be reckoned with, both on and off the tarmac.